First, some background.
Way back in the 1980s, I was involved in the High end audio
scene in New York. That was, arguably, the best, most creative decade in audio
before or since.
One of the top audio designers of the time was Mark
Levinson, another was Ken Stevens, a third was Peter Snell. These engineers
produced the ML-20.5 Amplifier, the C.A.T. SL-1 Preamp and the Snell Type A/III
speaker. Probably the greatest products in audio history – although cone
speakers are generally not my favorite type. I could go on about speakers for
quite a while but we’re talking electronics here.
All of this leads up to an idea I had a few years ago about
producing and selling a super high quality Preamp and Amp here in the US. I had
got in touch with Ken Chan, an Asian-American entrepreneur who had set up in Hong Kong and
was designing electronic based on public domain US circuit designs from the
Specifically there was the ML-20.5 80wpc Class A transistor amp. I had always
been impressed with the ML-2 (a 25 wpc
design) dual stacks of the ML-2s were used to power the Infinity Reference
Speakers – the best speakers in the world at that time (according to the
Absolute Sound) and had also heard the ML-20.5 an equally impressive upgrade.
After talking with Ken we agreed that we could use the 20.5 design but double
the boards (in parallel) and the transformers and create a magnificently
powerful amp. Advances in heatsink design meant we could accommodate higher
output without overheating the parts or transformers. This is how the 200wpc
Class A “Truth” amp came about. It is truly an awe inspiring amp. Effortless
and powerful with a deep and clear presence and soundstage… For reference the
ML-20.5 sold for about $18,000 in 1992.
My original MSRP pricing for the amps Ken Chan
and I built were to be $7500 for the amp. As you can see I'm offering them for very much reduced pricing.
Then end of the story is that my partner, Ken Chan was
forced out of business by the Chinese mainland government after he participated
in democracy protests in Hong Kong. They’re still going on today but I have no
idea where Ken is now.